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Russian, French regimes agree on UN plan to monitor Aleppo evacuation

December 19, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia and France agreed Sunday on a plan to provide U.N. monitoring of evacuations from eastern Aleppo and distribute needed humanitarian aid to the war-torn Syrian city. The United Nations Security Council scheduled a Monday vote on the plan. On Sunday, the effort to shuttle thousands of rebels and civilians out of eastern Aleppo neighborhoods was dealt another setback when several rescue buses were set ablaze." (12/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/18/critical-evacuations-hit-snag-starving-aleppo/95583924/  

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Yemen: 48 Saudi proxy troops dead in Islamic State bombing

December 19, 2016
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least 48 Yemeni soldiers in Aden Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks against recruits in the country's second city. Military officials and medics said dozens more were wounded in the attack that targeted a crowd of servicemen who had gathered to collect their salaries near a base in northeastern Aden. ... The attack comes eight days after a similar bombing at Al-Sawlaban claimed by IS killed 48 soldiers and wounded 29 others. [Saudi invaders and their quislings] have fought a months-long campaign against jihadists who remain active in the south and east of the impoverished Arabian peninsula country. IS and its jihadist rival Al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] and Yemen's Huthi [government], who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south." (12/19/16)

http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/19-Dec-16/48-yemeni-soldiers-dead-in-is-claimed-bombing  

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Afghanistan: Gunmen murder five women airport employees

December 18, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"Five female airport guards have been killed in a gun attack in Afghanistan. They were attacked on their way to work at Kandahar airport. The driver of their minibus has also been killed. A spokesman for the governor of Kandahar says the women were in charge of searching female travellers at Kandahar airport. They had been hired by a private security company. 'Two gunmen on a motorbike followed their van and opened fire,' Samim Khpulwak told reporters." (12/17/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/17/five-women-airport-workers-gunned-down-in-afghanistan  

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Colombia: Five FARC leaders abandon peace deal, start talks with drug gang

December 17, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"FARC officials reported  last week that five of its leaders in the department of Guaviare will not be supporting the peace process with the Colombia government, a decision that appears to be motivated by new alliances made with other criminal organizations in the area. 'Gentil Duarte,' one of the deserters, has reportedly spoken with the Usuga Clan, a group present in the Guaviare zone that has been growing over the last several months." (12/16/16)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2016/12/16/five-farc-leaders-abandon-peace-deal-start-talks-with-colombian-drug-gang/  

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Aleppo: Virtue signalling goes global

December 15, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Imagine looking at Aleppo and thinking primarily of yourself. Imagine reading about the violence and deprivation in this city and wondering what it all reveals about you. Imagine treating Aleppo, less as a wartorn city brought to ruin by a lethal combination of Western and regional meddling followed by a brutal air campaign by Russia and Assad, and more as a litmus test of your own decency; a theatre in which to act out your own moral psychodramas and re-enact your own petty political battles. Incredibly, this is happening. The Western political and media elites' response to the tragedy of Aleppo has not been to work out how this horror came to pass, far less what role they might have played in it; it has been to turn Aleppo into a stage upon which they might say something about themselves, prove themselves, absolve themselves. Virtue-signalling has gone global." (12/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/aleppo-virtue-signalling-goes-global/  

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US regime to halt Saudi arms sales over Yemen war crimes

December 15, 2016
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Defense News    

"The US plans to halt some arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the high civilian death toll in the kingdom's Yemen bombing campaign. Quoting a US official, Reuters first reported that 'systemic, endemic' problems in Saudi Arabia's targeting drove the US decision, which officials acknowledged Tuesday, to halt a future weapons sale involving precision-guided munitions made by Raytheon. The contract -- to convert dumb bombs into precision-guided munitions that can more accurately hit their targets -- is valued at $350 million, according to a report in The New York Times." (12/14/16)

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/us-to-halt-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-over-yemen-casualties  

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Syria: Assad regime has full control of eastern Aleppo, says Russian UN ambassador

December 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eastern Aleppo has fallen, and military activities there have stopped, according to Russia's United Nations ambassador. 'The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo,' Vitaly Churkin told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Residents of eastern Aleppo told ABC News that it is quiet there, with no sounds of battle, but ABC News could not immediately confirm whether fighting has ended. ... The Russian announcement came after months of siege and years of fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. In recent months, the Syrian government, with help from its Russian and Iranian allies, intensified its airstrikes on eastern Aleppo and tightened the siege in an attempt to gain full control of the area, rebel held until recently." (12/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-government-reportedly-kills-dozens-civilians-aleppo-spot/story?id=44160179  

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Syria: Islamic State forces recapture Palmyra

December 12, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants re-occupied Palmyra on Sunday, taking the ancient central city from government troops in a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq, a Syrian government official and the group said. In retaking Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with a massive government offensive to capture the last remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city. Palmyra, with its towering 2,000-year-old ruins, holds mostly symbolic meaning in the wider Syrian civil war, although its location in central Syria gives it some strategic significance as well." (12/11/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-recaptures-palmyra-syria-despite-russian-bombs-activists-say/  

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Turkey: Kurdish militants claim deadly blasts

December 12, 2016
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Sioux City Journal    

"Turkey declared a national day of mourning and paid tribute to the dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. The carnage was claimed by a Turkey-based Kurdish militant group. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, said two of its members had sacrificed their lives in the Saturday night attack that targeted security forces outside the Besiktas stadium .... It described the blasts as reprisal for state violence in the southeast and the ongoing imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. TAK is considered by authorities as a PKK offshoot." (12/11/16)

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/world/turkey-blasts-claimed-by-kurdish-militants-country-mourns/article_7d77a2fc-ad55-508e-aabd-0645640d242a.html  

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Yemen: Islamic State suicide bomber kills 35 troops aligned with Saudi invaders’ quisling regime

December 11, 2016
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Military.com    

"A suicide bomber killed 35 soldiers and wounded about 50 on Saturday at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Aden, military and medical sources said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. ... IS and its jihadist rival Al-Qaida have taken advantage of a conflict between [a quisling regime backed by invading forces from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states] and the Huthi rebels [sic], who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south." (12/11/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/12/11/is-suicide-bomber-kills-35-yemen-soldiers.html  

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Iraq: US forces bomb Mosul hospital

December 9, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it carried out an airstrike on a hospital complex in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraq's military. Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that the coalition did not 'have any reason to believe civilians were harmed.' However, when specifically asked whether there were patients at the city's main hospital, Dorrian said that was 'very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity.' A review of the intelligence that led to the decision is underway, he said." (12/08/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/08/504815234/u-s-led-coalition-hits-main-mosul-hospital-with-airstrike  

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Rolling back the empire: Washington’s proxy army faces decisive defeat in Aleppo

December 8, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The situation is looking increasingly hopeless for the ragtag group of insurgents that have lost more than half the territory they held in just the last week. Every attempt they've made to break through Syrian Army lines has been repelled leaving them to defend a few shrinking districts where they will either surrender or die. ... US Secretary of State John Kerry has made every effort to stop the fighting to protect US-backed jihadists that are trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Unfortunately, a proposal that was accepted by both Kerry and Lavrov concerning the withdrawal of fighters in Aleppo, was rejected by higher-ups in the Obama Administration ending the prospects for a negotiated settlement." (12/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/08/rolling-back-the-empire-washingtons-proxy-army-faces-decisive-defeat-in-aleppo/  

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The starvation of Yemen continues

December 1, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The starvation of Yemen's civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients as they pursue a senseless and atrocious war against one of the world's poorest countries. When the starvation of Yemen occasionally receives some decent coverage, there is barely any mention of the responsibility of the Saudi-led coalition and its Western patrons for helping to create these horrible conditions. The coalition and its Western backers, including the U.S., are not the only ones responsible, but they bear the largest responsibility because they are the ones that have been blockading the country and devastating its infrastructure and ports with bombs, and they were the ones that escalated and prolonged the war for all this time." (12/01/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-starvation-of-yemen-continues-2/  

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Kashmir: Three Indian troops killed in attack on army base

November 29, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Armed militants stormed a major Indian army base near the Pakistani border early Tuesday, killing three soldiers. Police said four militants had also been killed in a stand-off with security forces inside the command centre in Indian-occupied Kashmir that lasted most of the day. It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since September, when 19 soldiers were killed in an assault." (11/29/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1247754/two-indian-soldiers-killed-attack-army-base/  

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Turkey: Officials allege Syrian rebels exposed to “chemical gas”

November 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"In a statement released Sunday, Turkish officials alleged Syrian rebels were exposed to 'chemical gas' during a missile attack launched by the Islamic State. According to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu, at least 22 soldiers displayed signs of exposure to toxic gas. The attack happened in the Khalidiyah region of northern Syria. The attacked soldiers are Syrian members of Operation Euphrates Shield, a group that includes Turkish military forces and allied rebel groups." (11/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/27/Turkey-officials-allege-Syrian-rebels-exposed-to-chemical-gas/2431480269716/  

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Syria: Sailor becomes first acknowledged US casualty

November 26, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"The American sailor killed on Thanksgiving in Syria died from wounds he suffered when a remote-controlled bomb exploded as he was trying to defuse it, military officials said Friday. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., is the first American service member to die in the conflict. Davis was a member of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, based in Virginia Beach, Va." (11/26/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/soldier-killed-syria-article-1.2887350  

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Trump and the war on Yemen

November 23, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Halting U.S. support for the atrocious Saudi-led war would be a smart move and a welcome change, and I hope it happens. The Saudi-led coalition depends on U.S. weapons and refueling to carry on their campaign, and they would be hard-pressed to continue without that assistance. Ending U.S. backing for the war could force the coalition and the Hadi government to accept a compromise that they have refused to consider so far. I'm skeptical that Trump would do this for a few reasons." (11/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-war-on-yemen/  

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Kashmir: Three Indian soldiers killed near frontier with Pakistan

November 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Three Indian soldiers were killed Tuesday along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, army officials said. Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said the attackers also mutilated the body of one soldier in Machil sector in Indian-controlled Kashmir. 'Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,' he said. Kalia did not specify if the attack was carried out by Pakistani soldiers or rebels fighting since 1989 against Indian rule in the region." (11/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/3-indian-soldiers-killed-near-kashmir-frontier-with-pakistan/2016/11/22/2282a8ec-b0aa-11e6-bc2d-19b3d759cfe7_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27

November 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"At least 27 worshippers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. ... The attack took place on the first floor of the two-story building where Shiite worshipers had gathered to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and an iconic Shiite martyr, in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D, according to a Associated Press report from the scene." (11/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/how-all-female-isis-morality-police-khansaa-brigade-terrorized-mosul-n685926  

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Syria: Aleppo pounded by “heaviest bombardment’ since war began

November 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian regime forces pounded eastern Aleppo Sunday with airstrikes for a sixth day straight, bringing the death toll to around 300 in the most intense bombing since the war began five years ago, rescuers say. The Syrian regime resumed heavy bombardment over eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after a three-week lull, killing at least 289 people by Saturday, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, who said the past six days marked the most forceful bombardment they had seen. ... on Sunday, the bloodshed continued -- four children and their parents were killed in a suspected chemical attack as a barrage of barrel bombs struck their neighborhood, al-Sakhour, according to the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center activist group." (11/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/syria-aleppo-airstrikes/  

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Syria: Russians launch new offensive, airstrikes hit Aleppo

November 16, 2016
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Military Times    

"Russia launched new strikes in Syria on Tuesday involving carrier-borne jets and long-range missiles as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people were killed in the strikes on Aleppo, raising concerns of a return to daily deadly bombardment in Syria's largest city. The Russian blitz began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called their No. 1 enemy -- '"international terrorism and extremism.'" (11/15/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/russia-launches-new-offensive-airstrikes-hit-syrias-aleppo  

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Afghanistan: At least four dead in suicide attack at Bagram air base

November 12, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A man wearing a suicide vest killed at least four people inside the largest NATO military base in Afghanistan early Saturday, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News. Around 14 others were injured in the attack on Bagram Airfield, according to a statement released by the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The attack occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time as people were gathering for a post-Veterans Day fun run. There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims." (11/12/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/suicide-attack-kills-least-4-bagram-airfield-afghanistan-n682866  

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Afghanistan: Two dead in Taliban attack on German consulate

November 11, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least two persons were killed and more than two dozen injured in an overnight Taliban car bombing against German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, local officials said on Friday. 'One terrorist detonated a car bomb near the gate of German Consulate office late Thursday night, killing himself and one other person and injuring 28 others,' a security source told Xinhua news agency. UN official sources put the number of the injured at 90 by the powerful explosion which occurred roughly at 11.15 p.m. on Thursday." (11/10/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/taliban-attack-on-german-consulate-kills-2-in-afghanistan-116111100086_1.html  

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Iraq: Amnesty accuses possible regime forces of crimes in Mosul

November 10, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Rights group Amnesty International has accused men in Iraqi police uniforms of torture and unlawfully killing villagers 'in cold blood,' in the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS control. Amnesty said in a statement Thursday that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the ISIS militant group." (11/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/middleeast/amnesty-iraqi-forces-killings/  

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Turkey: Several, including district governor, wounded in bombing

November 10, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"An attack on a government building in southeastern Turkey has wounded several people including a district governor, according to officials and state media. The office of the Derik district's governor in Mardin province, near the border with Syria, was attacked with an improvised explosive device, a local government statement said on Wednesday. Fatih Safiturk, the district governor, was wounded in the attack, officials said." (11/10/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/derik-governor-injured-attack-turkey-mardin-161110112851765.html  

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